We have received a reply to our previous anonymously submitted post, by a very generous lawyer!
Hi there. I’m a lawyer practicing in WA.
It seems to me a highly intrusive and potentially discriminatory question to ask a job seeker if they have ever been on Workers Compensation.
In my view employers (even including State Govt employers) who ask this questions as a matter for course are exceeding the limits of what should be considered an acceptable question, yet this question has become almost standard. I would very much like to see this issue eliminated from all job application forms as being potentially and (if it can be proven) actually discriminatory.